CHICAGO (WREX) - People out of work in Illinois will get an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance.
Governor Pat Quinn made the announcement Thursday, shortly after the latest numbers showed the state's unemployment rate jumped past 9%.
"The proud workers of Illinois deserve this additional help to weather the storm of this deep national recession," said Governor Quinn. "We need to do more than just extend unemployment benefits - we need to pass legislation to put the people of Illinois back to work. Two weeks ago I signed the Jump Start Capital Plan to start projects that put people to work; now I am working with the General Assembly to pass the rest of the Illinois Jobs Now! plan which will support 340,000 jobs."
The extended benefits are for people who have used up their 26 weeks of benefits through the state and the additional 33 weeks provided through federal emergency extensions approved by Congress.
In order to qualify for the extended benefits, you must document your current job searches.
"To assist working families with the more stringent documentation rules, the Department has set up a centralized customer service center and will provide individual notices to claimants along with required forms necessary to receive the benefit payment," IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell said.
If you quality you will be receiving more information in the mail. Details are also available online at www.Ides.State.il.us
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